March 28, 2013

Movie Preview: A sci-fi love triangle plumbs ideas of self in 'The Host'

The film fleshes out some of the more interesting themes raised in the "Twilight" series.

By TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI / McClatchy Newspapers

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Max Irons, Jake Abel and Saoirse Ronan star in the sci-fi thriller “The Host.”

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Saoirse Ronan in a scene from “The Host.”


“THE HOST,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Max Irons and Jake Abel. Directed by Andrew Niccol. Rated PG-13 for violence and sensuality. Running time: 2:05

"I know a lot of people had said that (Jared) treats her badly," said Irons, 27, whose father is Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons.

"I think the kind of pain (he feels) is unimaginable. First, you lose all your family … then you find someone you can love, someone who personifies everything that you loved about the world. Then you lose her, too."

A slap seems mild, said Irons, given the situation: "After all that loss, then having her come back -- as an alien -- to be there as a constant reminder of that pain."

Yet Jared's friend Ian (Abel) feels differently, and he does the unthinkable: He falls in love with the alien inside Melanie, squaring one of the most awkward, singular love triangles in recent movie history.

Abel, 25, best known for his role as Luke Castellan in the "Percy Jackson" film series, said he was stunned by Ronan's ability to project two different personas on camera.

"For such a young person, she is insanely gifted and intuitive," he said. "It just makes your job so much easier."

If Meyer's "Twilight" films are any indication, "The Host" may very well transform Ronan into an international megastar.

Meyer initially felt the actor was too young to carry the weight of the story.

"Then I saw 'Hannah,' and it completely changed my mind," said Meyer. "She has an emotional maturity that really kills me."

Meyer, who planned "The Host" as the first of a trilogy, said Abel, Ronan, and Irons all will be back for the sequel.


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